UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
March 26, 2009
Members Present:  Brian Colle, Jordan Cushner, Donna Di Donato, Cynthia Dietz, Arlene Feldman, Sarah Fuller, Rick Gatteau, Kane Gillespie, Norm Goodman, Cheryl Hamilton, Adam Kent, Joe Mitchell, Scott Sutherland

  1.  The minutes of the March 12 meeting were approved with the following corrections:
    1. Item #5, Paragraph #3:  Change sentence two to read:  Norman Goodman noted that members of the latter two colleges are currently eligible to be elected to University Senate committees by CAS and CEAS, respectively.
    2. Item #6:  UTAs are not used in EOP/AIM program courses.
  2.  The next two meetings of the Undergraduate Council have been moved to Thursday, April 16 and Thursday, April 30 at 4:15 p.m. in the CAS Dean’s Conference Room.
  3. Scott Sutherland updated the group regarding inviting Southampton to have a non-voting representative on the Undergraduate Council.  He e-mailed Dean Mary Pearl who corresponded with him that she would like Southampton representatives on committees, but is not certain which ones yet.  There was discussion about offering audio or videoconferencing if a Southampton representative is unable to be physically present at a Council meeting.
  4. The Council had further discussion regarding the University’s requirement that upon matriculation, students must complete their DEC A requirement at Stony Brook.  In an earlier meeting, the Council made the following recommended revision (though members agreed that this version is actually not the correct one that was approved).  “Transfers credits will not be accepted to satisfy this requirement after matriculation except in extraordinary circumstances.”   The Curriculum Committee reviewed this statement and suggested the following revision:  “Transfer credits will not be accepted to satisfy this requirement after matriculation except with prior approval of extraordinary circumstances by the Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.”
  5. Various opinions were shared related to the Curriculum Committee’s revision, including what role the Director of the Writing Program has in making an exception to this policy.  There was discussion about whether the Director should be determining “extraordinary circumstances” and/or deciding whether the content of the transfer course meets an equivalent writing standard of the University. 
  6. The Council agreed that the statement should be revised as follows:  “Transfer credits will not be accepted to satisfy this [the DEC A requirement] after matriculation except with prior approval by the Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.”
  7. Scott Sutherland shared that Professor Tom Hemmick is working on the composition of the General Education (DEC) Review Committee to include representative membership.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick Gatteau